“Headaches Linked to Anxiety”Jul 05, 2020
Today we are faced with a multitude of anxiety triggering situations, from the COVID -19 pandemic to the lockdown of entire countries to racial protests and domestic terrorism. Little wonder we have frequent headaches. Anxiety and headaches are both common, and many people experience them from time to time. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 40 million adults in the United States have an anxiety disorder. People with anxiety disorders may have symptoms that interfere with their sleep, relationships, physical health, work or school activities, and everyday life. Scientists are exploring the link between anxiety and headaches. The American Migraine Foundation has reported that 20% of people with episodic migraine and 30–50% of those with chronic migraine have anxiety. A 2016 study found that children with anxiety were likely to have more headaches than children without anxiety. The researchers also concluded that anxiety symptoms were more severe among the children who experienced headaches. Along with the emotional symptoms of tension and dread, anxiety can cause physical symptoms, such as sweating, a rapid heartbeat, digestive problems, and headaches. Headaches can be both a symptom and a cause of anxiety. The most common form of headache is called a tension headache.
“Should We Avoid Excessive Salt Consumption”Jun 28, 2020
According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 103 million Americans—nearly one-half of all US adults—have hypertension, which puts them at increased risk for life-threatening complications, such as heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure. Consuming too much salt makes it harder for the kidneys to properly remove fluid, which then builds up in the body and can lead to hypertension over time. The condition stiffens and narrows the blood vessels, which decreases the amount of blood and oxygen that flows to vital organs and, in turn, causes the heart to pump more blood in an attempt to make up for the shortage. Reducing dietary sodium intake is one of the most effective ways to reduce hypertension and its associated risks. Common foods can have hidden amounts of salt and cause unwanted effects. Stay away from foods that are notorious for their high sodium levels, such as frozen, prepackaged meals. In addition, keep an eye out for these 5 foods you might not have known are high in sodium.
“Americans Experiencing More Mental Stress”Jun 21, 2020
Sadly, 2020 has been especially stressful for all Americans. The COVID-19 pandemic, the lock down, job layoffs, the tanking of the stock market, the crash of the petroleum industry, and the racial rioting has had a cumulative negative effect on all of us. Yes, 2020 has been rough on the American psyche. Folks in the U.S.A. are more unhappy today than they have been in nearly 50 years. Gun sales and alcohol sales are at all time highs. About twice as many Americans report being lonely today as in 2018, and not surprisingly given the lockdowns that tried to contain the spread of the coronavirus, there has also been a drop in satisfaction with social activities and relationships. Compared with 2018, Americans also are about twice as likely to say they sometimes or often have felt a lack of companionship (45% vs 27%) and felt left out (37% vs 18%) in the past 4 weeks. Some have expressed that 2020 fast forwarded a spiritual decay. Reportedly, one in ten people in the U.S.A.
“Common Health Habits That May Be Harmful”Jun 14, 2020
There is a general consensus that drinking 8 glasses of water a day, taking a daily multivitamin or starving a fever are good health habits to follow. However, just because you have heard them innumerable times does not make them true. Many of these questionable fads lack scientific proof, such as the ones that follow. Avoiding eggs to protect your heart. Despite decades of controversy and debate, eggs have been shown to benefit heart health in recent years. But, like all foods, they should be eaten in moderation. In a recent study, participants who consumed 3-6 eggs per week reaped major health benefits, including lower risks of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular disease. While some investigators have asserted that eggs weaken heart health, the American Heart Association maintains that this stance lacks support from compelling evidence, and says that eating one whole egg per day aligns with a heart-healthy diet.
“Alcohol Increases Risk of At Least Five Cancers”Jun 07, 2020
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared alcohol to be a cancer-causing agent (carcinogen) in 1988. However, so-called “responsible drinking” gives one a free pass to drink alcohol in moderation. But there is incriminating data against alcohol consumption, which says that no amount of alcohol is safe, and this is the conclusion of the 2014 World Cancer Report (WCR), issued by the World Health Organization’s IARC. It concluded that the more alcohol that a person drinks, the higher the risk. The alcohol/cancer link has been strengthened by the finding of a dose/response relationship between alcohol consumption and certain cancers. And here is the kicker: a causal relationship exists between alcohol consumption and cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, colon-rectum, liver, and female breast; a significant relationship also exists between alcohol consumption and pancreatic cancer. Beyond reduced immunity, the short-lived pains of a hangover, and increased risk of infection, high levels of alcohol consumption have been scientifically proven to increase the risk of much more serious disease: cancer. With the stresses of 2020, Americans are heading to the liquor store in huge numbers.
“COVID-19 Misinformation is Everywhere”May 31, 2020
Tragically, we have been leading our lives based on lies and misinformation, as it regards the coronavirus pandemic. Millions live in abject fear and America turned into a police state. Medicine is moving through a chaotic and uncertain time. The COVID19 virus is the third world-impacting coronavirus outbreak to strike humans in the past 20 years. The past decade has also seen severe outbreaks of Ebola, Zika, avian influenza, chikungunya, and other threatening viruses. And we are only four decades removed from the emergence of the still raging global HIV/AIDS epidemic that has killed more than 30 million people. Multiple other animal viruses have recently spilled over into humans and caused high mortality, but we survived those without being significantly misled by so-called experts. The CDC admitted they screwed up COVID19 infection counts and intentionally misled the public and have apologized, clarifying that the amount of people truly infected is much lower than what was originally reported. The American Coronavirus Task Force also admitted to fudging the National COVID19 death count when Dr. Birx said the deaths are people who died “with” COVID19 not “from” COVID19, thus making the real death count much lower than what is currently being reported.
“Covid-19 Vaccination Skeptics”May 24, 2020
Vaccination campaigns will face an uphill battle with some skeptics. According to the authors of one preliminary study, which surveyed a demographically representative sample population of 493 US adults, about one-quarter of adult Americans (23%) said they’ll refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccination when one becomes available. Nearly one-fifth (19%) of respondents characterized themselves as being skeptical of vaccines. Of these, 62% said that they would not get the COVID-19 vaccine. About one-sixth (16%) of all respondents specifically self-identified as anti-vaxxers. Although most people said they do plan to get the vaccine (when available), the number of those who said they will not get it may be high enough to threaten the nation’s collective immunity. People who hold anti-vaccine beliefs may jeopardize the effectiveness of a COVID-19 vaccine once it is available, due to issues of noncompliance. But these results did not really surprise the investigators. Although the investigators expected such a response, what surprised them was the number of people who said they would reject COVID-19 vaccination even though they are not vaccine skeptics. If someone is already biased against vaccines, the medical establishment, etc., then they will keep these biases, and be skeptical of medical expertise or other established experts. Surprisingly, 15% of people who are at least somewhat supportive of vaccines said that they would not get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Affects Memory in Adults”May 17, 2020
Usually, we associate memory problems with Alzheimer’s disease. An estimated 5.5 million people have Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Alzheimer’s will claim 14 million victims by 2050. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that gradually destroys brain tissue and people’s ability to remember, think, communicate, and lead independent lives. It is the most common form of dementia. However, some older adults with attention and memory problems can have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some may be surprised to learn that ADHD causes impaired memory symptoms. Researchers have shown that symptoms of ADHD can carry over into adulthood for two-thirds of patients who had ADHD as children. ADHD is also one of the most heritable health disorders, meaning that someone with ADHD may have a parent, grandparent, or sibling with the disorder. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, the overall prevalence of ADHD in US adults aged 18-44 years is 4.4%, with a higher prevalence among men (5.4%) than women (3.2%). Researchers suggested that the prevalence of ADHD symptoms declines to 1.0% to 2.8% in the most elderly. The differential diagnosis for older-age ADHD is long and includes mild cognitive impairment, dementia, other neurodegenerative disorders, polypharmacy, sleep disturbances, chronic pain, and difficulties with vision/hearing. ADHD could, therefore, be mistaken for one of these other conditions.
“Three Common Habits That Can Be Harmful”May 10, 2020
Many of us have overlooked health habits that can be harmful and should be avoided. Certain bad habits can lead to poorer lifestyle behaviors over the long term. Current events involving the coronavirus pandemic have taught us to be more vigilant in adhering to good hygiene practices when it comes to our interactions with others. But it is also important to be cognizant of smaller, more personal bad habits that we may fall prey to in our everyday lives. Here are three overlooked, but potentially harmful, health habits to avoid.
“Coronavirus Will Change Our Lives In Many Ways”May 03, 2020
COVID-19 will affect significant changes in our lives in many ways and forever into the future. We are only 45+ days into the shut-down in an attempt to mitigate the dangers of the viral disease. Yet, we are on the brink of financial disaster, long-term depression, and unbelievable interruptions into our previous daily routines. It is touching all aspects of our lives. Many facets of our society will become faint reminders of our past. Even after the virus is contained, we will not return to what was considered to be “normal.” Let’s look at some of the more familiar things to change.